17 April 2024

Glasgow Life confirms series of Aye Write pop-up events and Wee Write programme

A library shelf filled with books

Aye Write has confirmed stand-alone events and a smaller-scale version of Wee Write in 2024, instead of the full festival going ahead.

An unexpected, but very welcome, donation of £65,000 from The Colin Weir Charitable Foundation will help fund these events.

The pop-up events will take place during 2024 and in the new year. The following shows are confirmed:

  • Damian Barr and James Ley in conversation with Jackie Wylie on Tuesday 30 April at The Mitchell Library.
  • GT Karber ‘How To Solve A Murdle’ on Thursday 16 May at Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street.
  • James O’Brien in conversation with Editor of The Herald, Catherine Salmond on Friday 17 May at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
  • Val McDermid in conversation with Nicola Sturgeon MSP on Tuesday 21 May at The Old Fruitmarket.
  • Doon Mackichan in conversation with Kieran Hodgson on Wednesday 22 May at Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street.
  • Lionel Shriver on Sunday 26 May at Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street.
  • David Nicholls on Friday 14 June at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
  • Chris Brookmyre on Wednesday 17 July at Drygate.
  • Alan Cumming and Forbes Masson on Thursday 8 August at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Glasgow Life would like to thank the Foundation, authors, publishers, and members of the public who have helped or offered to support Aye Write.

You can also donate to fund future festivals and help support literacy in the city by visiting www.ayewrite.com 

Tickets will be on sale at 10am on Wednesday 17 April and can be bought at the Aye Write website, and sign up for our newsletter to get announcements about future pop-up events.

Wee Write will go ahead in autumn this year on a smaller scale. There will still be a range of activities for children and young people as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. More details will be available in the coming months.

Bailie Annette Christie, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: "Aye Write is a much-loved festival, which is apparent from the outpouring of support over the past few weeks. The generous donation from the Colin Weir Charitable Foundation means it can continue to have a positive impact on Glaswegians and people throughout Scotland."

A spokesman for the Foundation, said: "We are pleased to be able to support Aye Write to put on a programme of great events in 2024. It was unthinkable that Aye Write should be silenced until next year. Happily, the donation means that won’t be the case."

Glasgow Life is continuing to develop a multi-year funding application to Creative Scotland for future editions of the festivals. If this is successful, Aye Write will return in full in 2025, 2026 and 2027.